armchair cultural observation since 1995

A small degree of comfort

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“So I need to pose a small question to the music listening members of society, does anyone have albums they enjoy too much to convert to mp3s? As in, if they’re transformed into digital versions of themselves, they’ll somehow be compromised in some way. I’ve found that’s the case with a good amount of my favorite albums. I’m no Luddite (or a Heenan), but for some reason, I don’t always enjoy the ability to listen to the greatest of the great songs at any time of day. Like a fine wine(?), I take a small degree of comfort that they’re sitting on my shelf waiting for me at home and not hiding in a strange corner of my ipod.”

-Greg Bennett, You Look Good In Black

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  1. Many of my favorite bands are ones that consistently put out albums that are just that, albums. When I think about Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Arcade Fire’s Funeral, Radiohead’s OK Computer, Flaming Lips’ Soft Bulletin, Beck’s Sea Change, or Sufjan Stephens’ Illinois, I certainly think of great individual songs, but I mostly think of listening to the entire albums from beginning to end. So few artists can do that these days, because many of them are struggling just to put together enough songs to fill out the typical 10 tracks of a CD. The bands that succeed in making real albums are the ones that will continue to be talked about in the future, just as albums like The Rolling Stones’ Beggars Banquet and, of course Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks are still talked about today.

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